Anyone who is looking for work these days knows how hard it is to get passed the resume pile and into the pile of I-want-to-bring-this-person-in-for-an-interview.
It’s no secret that many people are out of work, have lost jobs due to cut backs and some even have to work several part-time jobs just to make ends meet.
That’s where the scams, shams, and schemers come into the picture.
So anyone who has searched for a job has most likely searched on Craigslist. The owners of that website do try to crack down on scams, shams and schemers, but I can attest that they sometimes do slip through the cracks and scam ads get posted.
This can be extremely frustrating for someone who is legitimately trying to find work.
You need to wade through the muck and mire of all these ads—and waste valuable time—just to find a few good apples in the bunch.
True there are websites like Virtual Vocations, which I am a member of. However, on many of the major job search sites like Craigslist and Indeed Jobs scams, shams, and schemers show up.
How can you defend against these scams, shams, and schemers?
1. Do your due diligence and thoroughly investigate the supposed business opportunity or employer.
2. Disregard ads that have multiple spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, suspicious website links, shortened links, and simply don't make sense.
3. Be wary of responding to job ads that do not list the company name in the actual ad content.
4. Never pay money upfront for someone who wants you to work for them—unless you are knowingly investing into an actual legitimate business opportunity.
5. Don’t give out your personal information like your social security number, bank account, or anything else of similar nature.
6. Check out the business on the Better Business Bureau and see if you can find any legitimate online reviews for the business or if any complaints have been filed against them.
7. If you are looking to work for a business or professional as a virtual assistant from home, don’t be afraid to check out and verify this entity or person. Go to the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs for your state or whatever state this business or entrepreneur is located in to see if any complaints have been filed against them.
Always be on your guard and protect yourself. You are your main defense and protector.
There will come a time when you have to take a step of faith when a new job or business opportunity comes along—however, always be wise and do your due diligence.